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((Dear Native English Speakers Please Help Me.))

Metallica is my favorite band and I love them but I have some serious problems in translating and understanding the meaning of the lyric entitled "Ain't My Bitch"(ain't my problem). The full text of the lyric could be found here.

The Lyric

1)Outta my way, Outta my day 
2)Outta your mind and into mine 
3)Into no one, into not one 
4)Into your step but outta time

My Understanding

1) Get out of my way, get out of my day.
2) You are mad, get out of my mind.
3) I have no idea about the meaning of this line.
4) I have no idea about the meaning of this line

I am wondering what is the best translation of line 2 and 3. Is it correct my interpretation,thank you in advance.

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closed as general reference by coleopterist, tchrist, Jim, RegDwigнt Mar 23 '13 at 21:08

This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed specifically to find that type of information.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

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Dictionaries are useful for looking up the meanings of words. The interpretation of lyrics is off topic for this site. Please see the FAQ for more information. –  coleopterist Mar 23 '13 at 20:32
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Outta stands for "out of" but its hard for me to find the meaning of it in the context, I didn't mean to ask the meaning of the world in a stand alone manner, I want to know the best meaning of the world in the context. –  siamak Mar 23 '13 at 20:38
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Outta, as you say, means "out of". That is the meaning of it in this context, in all three instances. There is absolutely nothing to add to that. –  RegDwigнt Mar 23 '13 at 21:09

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I won't try and guess what the song means—as coleopterist says, that would be off-topic—but I can explain what these idioms mean in everyday English. Your interpretations of lines 1 and 2 are plausible.

Into no one, into not one

To be "into" someone means to like them, often in a romantic or sexual way, so "into no one" means the subject is not romantically attracted to anyone. "Into not one" is not a meaningful phrase, in normal use, but could be taken as a poetic re-statement or emphasis of the first part.

Into your step but outta time

If I'm "into my step" it means I'm acting confidently or unfalteringly: I know what I'm doing, and I'm not struggling to get started. For example, if a sports player plays badly for the first part of a match but then gets better, a commentator might say, "He's into his step now."

"Out of time" means that the time, or window of opportunity, has run out or expired. To continue the same example, if the sports player plays badly for nearly the whole match, and then gets better just before the end, but too late to make a difference to the game, the commentator might say, "He's into his step, but out of time." Taken as a whole, the line is a bit flowery for everyday use, but suited to a poetic context.

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I am wondering why some people closed the question and down voted me?? as I said I know that Outta means "Out of" but I concluded that I must translated it as "get out of" and the later is a verb!! its clear that its something confusable and mistakable so I asked you to help me, now please tell me what is my mistake? its good to be fair. –  siamak Mar 23 '13 at 21:57

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